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Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man Hardcover – March 1, 2004

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"This superb collection enables readers of Invisible Man to appreciate the subtleties of its cultural and political commentary, moving them on to ponder how Ellison's work imbues current debates about eradicating discrimination and flagrant inequality."―Journal of American Studies

"Will make a leading contribution to what is rapidly becoming the field of Ralph Ellison Studies. It is unique in its steady devotion to revealing the political impact of Ellison's text. This is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding Ellison's political thought."―Lawrence Jackson, author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius

"Outstanding. . . . Provides an interdisciplinary perspective of the politics of the book that aimed to 'get readers to recognize the humanity of those hidden by stereotypes.'"―Lexington Herald-Leader

"Ellison comes alive in these pages: the questions and concerns persisting over his lifetime, his connections to other authors and to events in the civil rights movement, his integrity, individuality, complexity, and seriousness of purpose―to say nothing of his sheer power as a writer―are all trenchantly and beautifully brought out in the essays. These essays contribute significantly to understanding what makes Invisible Man great and demonstrate that a great work of art has the capacity to renew itself across generations."―Pamela K. Jensen, Kenyon College

""This volume brings together reflections on and analysis of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man . . . and of key importance to the Civil Rights movement.""―Sage Race Relations

"By carefully analyzing Ellison's complex, finely nuanced political thinking, Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope enables us more clearly to see Ellison's work, which has often been obscured by unfair criticisms and misconceptions dating back to the initial reviews of Invisible Man. This careful study of Ellison's great novel is highly recommended for all serious students of American and African American literature."―Robert Butler, African American Review

"Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope is a single-framework but multiple-focus reconsideration of a landmark book. Morel's project―the politics of Invisible Man systematically revisited―is definitely worthy of the attention of the contemporary reader, or a multicultural America or anywhere else."―Zoltan Abadi-Nagy, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

About the Author

Lucas E. Morel, Lexington, Virginia, is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He is the editor of "Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man"" and "Lincoln for the Ages: The Challenge of His Political Thought and Practice" and author of "Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government".

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813123127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813123127
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,004,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan A. Verbalis on October 6, 2013
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I purchased this book to read and learn from a firsthand viewpoint. One needs to flesh out one's knowledge with continual learning and reading. This book was recently banned in some school libraries but reinstated after the news was made known. What is the "real" reason some books are banned? Let each person make up their own mind if they choose to read it or not.......that is freedom of choice.
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By sue on August 24, 2014
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